Shea, Cameroon

What's Happening at the USAID Trade Hub

Sunday, March 31 2013

Nanabea Adarkwah-Agyapong

Border Information Center opens at the Port of Dakar

105 stakeholders in Senegal participated in the launch of West Africa’s fourth Border Information Center in Dakar. The new center is hosted by the Conseil Sénégalais des Chargeurs (COSEC).


June 22 Highlights



June 8 Highlights

The USAID Trade Hub published a special 2012 AGOA Forum edition of Tradewinds, its monthly newsletter, including columns by USAID Trade Hub Director Vanessa Adams, Senegalese entrepreneur Magatte Wade, Vital Voices Africa Program Coordinator Sarah Ewing, AWEP Ghana President Comfort Adjahoe and USAID Trade Hub Transport Director Niels Rasmussen. A report on the Borderless 2012 conference, including video footage, and a report on moving goods on the Cotonou-Niamey corridor also feature.


Women business leaders 'encouraged' as AGOA Forum puts new focus on entrepreneurship program

Saturday, July 2 2011

Joe Lamport
Women entrepreneurs are building connections, sharing ideas and doing more business as the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program continues to connect business leaders, members said after meetings at the 10th annual AGOA Forum. AWEP was launched by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at last year’s AGOA Forum.

Shea conference puts people, planet and profit in spotlight as Global Shea Alliance formally launched

Sunday, May 8 2011

Joe Lamport and Lauren Siegel

From the launch of the new Global Shea Alliance to the grafting of shea trees to a business-to-business forum, “Shea 2011: Sustainable Solutions” connected hundreds of shea stakeholders from across West Africa and around the world to each other and the information they need to grow the industry.


March 15th Highlights



March 2nd Highlights

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa Florizelle Liser discussed business challenges with stakeholders.  International and national exporting companies, a Member of Parliament, and finance and transport service providers participated in the stakeholder roundtable moderated by USAID Trade Hub Director Vanessa Adams and held at the USAID Trade Hub’s Accra, Ghana, office on Feb. 21.


January 25th Highlights

Implementing a regional warehouse receipt scheme, improving collaboration among regional and national stakeholders in agricultural sectors, and increasing advocacy communications among stakeholders are among 10 strategic recommendations from the USAID Trade Hub’s recently submitted study of regional agricultural trade policy and transport in West Africa.


New approach is improving access to finance for West African entrepreneurs

Friday, January 7 2011

Nene Akwetey-Kodjoe and Joe Lamport

About two years ago, Felicite Yameogo, known in Burkina Faso as “Mme Karite” (French for "Lady Shea") for her more than two decades of work in the sector, watched helplessly as her company’s financial viability came undone. Karikis, based in Ouagadougou, produces a variety of cosmetics with all natural shea butter produced by thousands of Burkinabe women.


International shea alliance launched

Friday, November 5 2010

Joe Lamport
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